Heartburn is a common, yet unpleasant feeling often mistaken for too much stomach acid, rather than too little. Stomach acid is highly necessary for digestion and is the first line of defense against pathogens. When the stomach doesn’t make enough acid, undigested food sits in the stomach and begins to ferment, causing gas to be released into the esophagus. The typical remedy is popping an antacid, which lowers stomach acid even further, often leading to a chronic cycle of heartburn.
Low stomach acid could be caused by a number of reasons, however weight, stress, alcohol, smoking, dairy, and unhealthy fats are the usual suspects. Consuming alkalizing foods like lemon water or diluted apple cider vinegar before meals can prime the stomach for better digestion. Eat small servings, and walk or stay upright after meals to help food move through the stomach painlessly.